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Speech and Language Therapist Specialist Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£23,594 to £28,411 a year p.a.
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Would you like to work with adults with acquired communication and swallowing difficulties in the community? (Developing Band 6 roles will be considered)

Would you like to work as part of a friendly and supportive team of SLTs and SLT assistants, with good access to clinical and line management supervision?

Would you like to have a hybrid model of working, with some home and remote working?

Would you like to work in a beautiful part of Dorset?

If so, this job is for you!

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic Speech and Language Therapist to join our community Speech and Language Therapy Service, working from our Blandford base.

The Dorset Community Adult Speech and Language Therapy service is innovative, dynamic and currently in a phase of development. If you are excited by change and keen to contribute to creating a better service for people living with acquired communication and swallowing difficulties we would like to hear from you.

Please contact us to discuss further.

Interviews will be held on 10th January 2023.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

Main duties of the job

The service sees patients in their own home, in clinics and in Community Hospital settings. As a member of the Team you will be expected to work collaboratively with the other team members to manage the locality caseload as needed.

This post offers the opportunity to:
  • Work with individuals with a wide range of neurological conditions who present with complex communication and swallowing difficulties
  • Work closely with experienced speech and language therapists in the community setting to develop specialist skills.
  • Refer to and attend videofluoroscopy clinic as appropriate.
  • Develop skills and knowledge of working with patients with AAC.
  • Attend regular local speech and language therapy meetings with a strong bias to CPD.
  • Opportunity to supervise band 5 therapists, to work with SLT assistants and also to work with therapists from the other community SLT Teams.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND TRAINING Essential
  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level supplemented by post registration diploma level specialist training and/or short courses or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio
  • Knowledge and understanding of Trust Strategy relevant to role
  • Experience at Practitioner Band 5 level
  • Experience of specialist working
  • Experience of managing change
  • Demonstrable knowledge of assessment and therapeutic interventions in area of specialism
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing highly specialist advice
  • Able to demonstrate specialist clinical reasoning skills to assimilate information in order to make a clinical judgement regarding diagnosis and intervention.
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload effectively
  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role
  • Evidence of demonstrating the Trust's values and behaviours.
  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of the organisation and with staff, patient/service users, visitors or external organisations both verbally and in writing in the exchange of highly complex, sensitive or contentious information which may require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills.
  • Able to overcome barriers to understanding where there are physical or mental disabilities.
  • Able to analyse and assess situations and to interpret potentially conflicting situations and determine appropriate action, where there is a range of options and judgement is required.
  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities, e.g. organise own time and that of junior staff and learners, planning off duty rotas and undertaking discharge planning involving co-ordination with other agencies.
  • Ability to use own initiative within sphere of authority
  • Demonstrable ability of using tact and diplomacy
  • Demonstrable ability to analyse situations and provide a resolution
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislation relevant to practice
  • Ability to evaluate care leading to improvement in quality standards an service improvement
  • Demonstrable leadership qualities and the ability to perform as a role model
  • Willingness to advance own clinical knowledge, skill and competence based on current evidence
  • Experience of using electronic patient / service user record systems
  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business. - Level 1/2

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Blandford Hospital

Milldown Road


DT11 7DD

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